LIFE – THEN AND NOW

a post by Renu Mehta, CEO, Imagebuilderz

Toronto, ON:  March 25, 2020: The Coronavirus scare has made everyone housebound.  People are in self-isolation, using caution to go out, meet friends, stand close to someone else at a grocery store, doing their best to clean every surface they have to touch, in case the virus has lingered on the taps, or settled on the elevator button or door handle.    Everyone is wearing masks and gloves and there is this intense fear for the unknown, a kind of panic, a worry about the uncertain future as people wait to see how long this will last.

It seems only yesterday that we were so busy and full of ourselves, working full time and making plans to travel, watching plays, movies and socializing full blast.  Every weekend was busy, crammed with things to do.    There were not enough hours in the day to do all the things that we wanted to do.

We were in the hustle of everyday life, running, running and running!   It was all about what I want to do, where I want to go, spending time talking about this and that.  Today, our previous life appears so hollow and futile.

With Covid-19, things have dramatically changed.  I have been home in self-imposed isolation for nine days.  It was very difficult at first, as I struggled to slow down after the hectic phase I had been putting myself through.   But as time goes by, I am calmer, stronger and more focused on the things that I have always wanted to do, but never had time to do.

As the first rays of the sun flicker through my window, I take time to hear the birds sing and glimpse at the bluest untainted sky.   Some days, the sky outside is like a picturesque canvas with furies of colours, almost like an invisible hand has painted a scenic setting, one that we never had time to view or examine.   But now I am up and about and eager to attempt new talents like cooking, working out or doing yoga or meditation.  The present brings a yearning and delightful nostalgia of the days when we were growing up and life was gentler, more meaningful; when it was not a rat race and people meant something to each other.  Those were the days when we always had time to play in the outdoors, interacting with friends, there was no TV or shows or social media.   It was a time when each moment was precious, people were valued and life savoured.  It seems we have returned to those times.

I have organized my days now.  In the mornings, I gently get out of bed, rather than springing up, watch a bit of the morning news, and go through my phone to watch some Covid-19 videos or posts sent by friends.  Not all, just a few. I feel the less I go through these posts, some fake and some genuine, the better I feel about myself.  I get ready and sit on my computer to do a little work until lunchtime.  Then after lunch, I do some cleaning, polishing things that I have been putting off for a long time.   For instance, I have cleaned up the silver in my house, not realizing how much dust it had accumulated.   I have polished the leather sofa that was looking so worn out, but now has got some of its shine back.   I have plans to clear out one drawer, one room at a time every day.

So friends, it’s not so bad.  Life may be slower, but it’s gentler.  There is so much to do and so little time.   And what if we can’t go out;  we can certainly go inwards and search the depths of our being to realize our creativity and potential.

Some Tips to follow during Self Isolation:

  • Do some yoga and meditation
  • Go for a walk and get some fresh air and let the sun’s rays linger on your face
  • Learn to cook never before tried succulent meals
  • Paint, dance, sing, do a puzzle or crossword, make music or write poetry
  • Be a minimalist – clean out those rooms, shelves, drawers – one at a time. Throw away all the unwanted stuff
  • Put your financial papers in order and write a will
  • Give back to the community. Volunteer to buy groceries for seniors, cook meals, help out the vulnerable
  • Do whatever you have always wanted to do but never had the time. Remember life is just a journey so fulfill your dreams now.

 

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